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Envirothon Takes First!

By Amanda Bertsch
On the weekend of April 1st, 60 Arizona high school students gathered at the University of Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center. The students were there to participate in the Arizona Envirothon competition, an ecology challenge.
The Envirothon competition has four areas of testing. In aquatic ecology, students test water samples and answer questions about water conservation concepts. In soils and land use, students test soils for texture, chemical content, and color, and use land use booklets to determine best land management practices. In forestry, students use National Park Service equipment to identify trees and determine uses for various types of lumber, and in wildlife, students identify pelts, skulls, photos, and habitat ranges for species.
Each year also has a special topic. This year the competition centered around sustainable agriculture and land use, meaning that the students had two hours to prepare a presentation on the management of a hypothetical farm with a host of issues. They synthesized a thick packet of information into a 10-minute presentation.
Ten Tri-City Prep students participated in this year’s competition, forming two teams. Amanda Bertsch captained a team of Kaleb Lyonnais, Kim Zamora-Delgado, Brianna D’Angelo, and Ethan Krafft, while Tieran Rashid captained a team of Audrey Guess, Julia Goswick, Deven Kohler, and Natalie D’Angelo.
“It truly felt like a team and professional experience,” Tieran Rashid said, adding “we had a lot of fun.”
Bertsch’s team took home 1st in aquatic ecology, 1st in forestry, 2nd in wildlife, and 3rd in soils and land use. They also won the first place overall, meaning they will represent Arizona in the North American Envirothon competition in Baltimore this summer. This is the second time Tri-City has won the top award but the first time the school will be attending the North American competition.

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Tablet Program Ending

Tablet Program Ending

We are saddened to announce that the administration has made plans to end the tablet program. This decision comes after several broken tablets recently. Office TAs told Denobis that the school cited high school students as being “not responsible enough” for the tablets. They will be donated to Stepping Stones.

Tablets must be returned by the end of April. To return your tablet, please navigate to the share menu on your sidebar (this can be accessed by swiping from the right). An option will appear to “export tablet”. Click this option and your tablet will be returned to Mr. Halvorson’s office.

The administration would like to thank the staff and students for their cooperation in this time of transition.

 

Happy April Fool’s Day from Denobis!

Women’s Marches: The 10 Things To Know

By Amanda Bertsch

 

On January 20th, the United States will swear in its 45th president. On January 21st, hundreds of thousands will take to the streets.

The idea of a January 21st march originated on Facebook and spread quickly. The Women’s March on Washington website now boasts a neat design and an estimate of more than 200,000 attendees. Sister marches across the country could bring out more than a million Americans in protest on Donald Trump’s very first day in office. This Q-and-A breaks down what you need to know.

 

  1. Why are people marching?

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Mountain Biking Race a Success as Season Winds Down

By James Nebrig

 

The TCP Mountain Bike Team had an interesting race down in Phoenix for their fourth NICA race. Almost all of the team attended to battle the crushing heat and dry sands. In the words of one of the racers, “the only thing not wilting was the cacti!”

 

330 racers competed in the dry desert sands on a very fun course as they represented their schools in fighting for the top spots in four divisions.  The racers representing TCP were seniors Eric Anderson and Tyler Kuckuck, juniors Toby Merz, Kim Zamora, Clayton Evans and Max Baker, sophomores Kevin Anderson and Ethan Krafft, and freshmen James Nebrig and Payton Kuckuck.

 

Our sophomores led the way with the seniors fighting right behind them. Sophomore Ethan Krafft maintained his season average of 6th place, Kevin Anderson took 7th, and senior Eric Anderson claimed 10th. Ethan’s sister, Ellie Krafft, placed 3rd in the middle school 6th grade girls’ race.

 

This was the fourth race of the season, with the next race being held at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, AZ on November 6th. This will be the last race of the season. All students, parents, and the general public are always welcome to join in the excitement of the Arizona NICA race series.

 

The TCP Mountain Biking team would like to thank their generous sponsors, without whom they would be unable to compete.  This year’s sponsors include:  High Gear Bike Shop, Patterson Orthodontics, Horizon Dental, Watters Garden Center, Yavapai Pediatrics, Better Deal Printing, Prescott Import Car Service, and Premier Eye Center.

Third Mountain Biking Race a Success

By James Nebrig

 

The TCP Mountain Bike Team had a strong turnout for their third race with the high school NICA league down in Sierra Vista. The race took place within Fort Huachuca, the country’s oldest army base.

341 racers competed in the dry desert sands in a very technical course as they represented their schools in fighting for the top spots in four divisions.  The racers representing TCP were seniors Eric Anderson and Kate DuBroy, juniors Toby Merz, Kim Zamora, and Clayton Evans, sophomores Kevin Anderson and Ethan Krafft, and freshman James Nebrig.

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Senior Eric Anderson racing down the finish corridor.

Our sophomores led the way again with Ethan Krafft on the podium in 3rd place, while Kevin Anderson and Eric Anderson both placed in the top 10.  Ethan’s sister, Ellie Krafft, placed 4th in the middle school 6th grade girls race. TCP looks forward to Ellie joining the Tri-City team in a few more years.

This was the third race of the season, with the next race being held at the McDowell State Park, AZ on October 23rd. After the McDowell race, one more race will be held this season at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Phoenix.  All students, parents, and the general public are always welcome to join in the excitement of the Arizona NICA race series.

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Senior Kate DuBroy relaxing after the race.

The TCP Mountain Biking team would like to thank their generous sponsors, without whom they would be unable to compete.  This year’s sponsors are:  High Gear Bike Shop, Patterson Orthodontics, Horizon Dental, Watters Garden Center, Yavapai Pediatrics, Better Deal Printing, Prescott Import Car Service, and Premier Eye Center.